What You Need To Know:
(H, E, LL, V, S, NN, A, Ho) Humanism; humorous environmentalism -- motive for murder is that victims used polystyrene; 3 profanities & 18 vulgarities; action violence -- two men zapped with stun gun, man hit on head & falls over balcony, main character threatened & pushed; male stripping, partial male nudity & brief male nudity; champagne sipped at jury party; and, implied male homosexual act.
The verdict is in: Hollywood should get the maximum sentence for producing the movie JURY DUTY. Saturday Night Live alum Pauly Shore stars as an unemployed slacker and failed male stripper who sees long-term jury duty in a mass-murder trial as a career opportunity. His saving fate is the “Drive-thru Killer” trial, in which seven fast-food restaurant managers have been murdered for their wanton use of non-biodegradable materials. Not surprisingly, the movie spews forth a stream of barely connected juvenile sound and sight gags to produce a scant handful of cheap laughs.
Why Hollywood is trying to make Pauly Shore a star defies all understanding. Shore delivers his lines in a monotone, and his eyes stay at half-mast the entire movie. He is easily upstaged by Peanut, the Jeopardy-obsessed dog Shore continuously threatens with a trip to the animal lab. If the O.J. Simpson trial did not exist, this movie probably would not either. The prosecutor is even a Marcia Clark look-alike. Other characterizations are paper-thin. Brian Doyle-Murray tries the hardest as the scruffy, deranged looking accused killer, but his only “star turn” comes when Shore, dressed as his girlfriend, arrives ostensibly for a conjugal visit. The two simulate a make-out session, and it is implied that he assaults Tommy sexually.